Titanic Quarter wins Regeneration and Renewal Awards 2012

Titanic Quarter wins Regeneration and Renewal Awards 2012

10th December, 2012

Titanic Quarter has scooped the top prize in the ‘Mixed-use Development’ category at the 2012 Regeneration and Renewal Awards.  Endorsed by the Homes and Communities Agency, the awards received 250 entries from small, medium and large projects across the UK. 

The judges assessed how well developments improved the physical and environmental quality of an area; provided a long-lasting impact; brought benefit to local people and demonstrated originality. The panel was impressed with the “extraordinarily rich mix of uses” at the site, which they felt complemented each other well.

Judging panel chairman Andy Karski, principal at urban design consultancy Tibbalds, said:

“The regeneration benefits arising from the Titanic Quarter appear to be enormous. Demand for high quality business space from national and international companies is high and stimulating the next phases of commercial development.

“Demand for residential flats has outstripped supply, with any unsold units letting well to business visitors and the film industry using the studios.”

Master-planned over 185-acres, on the site where RMS Titanic was designed and built, Titanic Quarter was the sole shortlisted entrant from Northern Ireland. Its success recognises the development’s diverse mix of uses including residential, commercial, leisure and retail space, and its positive social and economic impact on Belfast.

David Gavaghan, Titanic Quarter’s CEO, said:

“Titanic Quarter is a pivotal part of the pursuit to rebrand Belfast as a global destination, providing a hub for business, living, tourism and leisure.

“This national award reflects in large measure the excellent partnership between the public and private sectors across all levels in Belfast which is helping deliver tangible results.

“It also acknowledges on-going social and community engagement which is seeking to restore civic pride and social cohesion against a backdrop of economic regeneration and wealth creation.  By combining renewed confidence at home and by attracting new corporations, individuals and families, Belfast can aspire to a thriving future.”

Titanic Quarter includes Titanic Belfast, which has had over 600,000 visitors since opening in March, a dynamic Science Park, a growing Financial Services Centre, Belfast Metropolitan College, a 21st Century Public Record Office, the ARC apartments and Titanic Studios.

Additional leisure space includes a Premier Inn hotel, the T13 urban sports facility and outdoor events space.  High profile events held in 2012 included MTV’s ‘Titanic Sounds’, ‘Proms in the Park’, the Circuit of Ireland Titanic Stage, the annual TQ10K road race and ‘Land of Giants’, the largest outdoor arts event in Ireland.

The judging process involved an on-site visit from an independent judge to assess Titanic Quarter’s credentials.